December 9, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Our first live #AASLstandards Twitter chat is coming!

Please help me spread the word and please save the date (actually the hour) for our first live Twitter chat in anticipation of the launch of our new National School Library Standards, prior to their official release at National Conference in Phoenix. Plan to join us on Twitter from 7:00 till 8:00 P.M. Eastern on […]

At the bottom of my garden

Oh, I owe some of you fantasy writers an apology. Over on Twitter, I’ve been pretty hard on your  Capital Letters and apostrophes and archaisms and spelling. Mostly spelling, like “magick,” or, gilding the lily, “enmagick.” And then there’s faery. That’s a spelling that has been the fingernails on my personal chalkboard ever since chalkboards were […]

Get out your color pencils, crayons, markers: #colorourcollections comes back.

Confession: I don’t know that I completely get the coloring craze. I recognize the value of stress reduction and mindfulness. I know there’s a certain nostalgia associated with coloring.  Last year, however, I did get super excited about one particular coloring project: #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections week! And her it comes again! Organized by the New […]

Diversity Hashtags Hijacked

YA authors A.C. Thomas and Laura Silverman were among the latest victims of online hate campaigns, an increasingly common and visible problem.

Happy 10th Birthday, Twitter. Love, @sljournal.

A few random Tweets from the vault. Launched in 2007, we’ll claim OG bragging rights on Twitter. Seriously, it’s been a fun ride.

Participate: curating with communities

I’ve added a new platform to my list of curation favorites.  The Participate Learning search engine offers access to thousands of educator-vetted K12 learning resources–apps, videos, and websites. Apps, for both iOS and Android, as well as other learning resources, are browsable and searchable by keyword, category, or standard.  Searches may be filtered by whether […]

Patrick Ness Raised $1 Million for Refugees. But Don’t Call Him a Saint.

The YA author rallied 6,783 donors, including fellow authors, to contribute to his relief campaign for the global refugee crisis. Ness says that he just got “pissed off about 30 seconds before anyone else did.”

SLJ Editors Reveal Best of 2015 via Weeklong Social Media Celebration

This year the SLJ editors are leading up to the big reveal of the Best Books of 2015 with a Twitter roll-out of the Top 10 Lists, all culminating in a live broadcast on November 23 at 6pm ET.

Tackk, Twitter, and Teenagers

This Indiana Instructional Technology Specialist and a local high school history teacher teamed up to create a successful new approach to an old classroom project.

On Meerkat

Yesterday I wished my friends could see the beauty of my snowy backyard and I discovered the Meerkat app. It seems everyone is buzzing about the free app that allows you to connect your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch camera to Twitter and live stream or schedule the video you shoot real-time to all […]

Twitter adds group chat and a mobile video cam

No secret:  I rely heavily on Twitter for keeping up with professional news and for messaging and for sharing discoveries. So, I was very happy to discover that Twitter’s Direct Message feature recently expanded to include group messaging. This enables the tweeter to easily set up groups and to privately message with up to 20 […]

Early Word YA Galley Chat

Every month Early Word hosts a Twitter chat for YA librarians and readers to gather together and discuss upcoming titles. You can follow the hashtag #ewyagc to see yesterday’s discussion. Or you can check out the handy Storified version of the conversation. What is Early Word? It’s an online tool for collection development and reader’s […]

Edublogs (discovery) time!

It’s Edublogs Award time. While we have an opportunity to vote for our faves on List.ly, I see this, more importantly, as an opportunity to make discoveries relating to important voices in the larger field. As you look at the nominees, be sure to look at and beyond the Librarian list. These nominees represent leadership. […]

I Tried, I ‘Liked,’ I Shared: How Travis Jonker handles social media

If there’s one thing you can say about all school librarians: we’re cat people. The other is: we like trying things. And when it comes to social media, I’ve tried it all.

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What’s Your Online Persona?

Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter

Tweetdeck and other third-party applications are fine for everyday Twitter use. But if you’d like to share your stream in a presentation, Joyce Valenza shows you how to display messages and hashtags in four attractive formats.

Social Media Resources 101 for the School Librarian

Virginia middle school librarian Lauren McBride presents some must-have links and resources for librarians looking to hone their social media expertise. An expert in social media, McBride maintains her school’s Twitter page, participates in a weekly Twitter chat hosted by the Virginia Association of School Librarians, and next month will lead a professional development “Boot Camp” session for Virginia’s Loudoun County Public School librarians on how to use Twitter.

Vellum for flipping Twitter

This week, The New York Times publicly launched Vellum, an experiment that creates a reading layer over your Twitter feed and flips its focus. Vellum focuses on the shared content of a tweet, treating shared links, with their full titles and descriptions, as primary content and tweeted commentary as secondary content. Links are ranked by how […]

School Library Month in Chicago: Yes, a celebration!

Like the situation we witnessed in Philadelphia, the children of Chicago, ALA’s host city, now face a crisis. I post this on behalf of a new Library Advocacy Committee for Chicago Public School Librarians, who chose to celebrate School Library Month by sharing their accomplishments on behalf of Chicago’s kids. Please share their story. School […]

’16 Things I Thought Were True’ | Sourcebooks Giveaway

Ready for the road trip of a lifetime? Fifteen lucky winners will join Morgan, Adam, and a hyper chatterbox named Amy as they take off for the border in search of Morgan’s absentee father in 16 Things I Thought Were True from double Rita finalist and YA novelist Janet Gurtler.